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Erdogan says Turkish-led forces to advance 30-35 km into Syrian territory

ISTANBUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey's military and its Syrian rebel allies will advance 30-35 km (19-22 miles) into Syrian territory in their offensive against Kurdish militia and they have already seized control of the town of Ras al Ain.

Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the Turkish-led forces had also besieged the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad. He said two Turkish soldiers and 16 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels had been killed in the operation. (Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)